Security Council members visit Somalia

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Security Council members left South Sudan. Next stop – Somalia. (UNifeed video capture)

Members of the Security Council arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday on what has been described as a landmark visit to the country.

The 15-member delegation is visiting Somalia as the government prepares to launch the next phase of military operations against Al-Shabaab insurgents.

The operations are part of the government's efforts to extend state control throughout the country.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"The members of the  Security Council arrived in Mogadishu this morning on a landmark visit to Somalia, to review progress made by the Federal Government with assistance from the international community. Council members demonstrated their continued support for the country's efforts to ensure a sustainable peace. During the visit, the Council members met with Somalia's President and Prime Minister, and with senior members of the Government and the Federal Parliament, among others.”  (25″)

During the visit, the Security Council delegation also held discussions with the senior leadership of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, (UNSOM), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and members of civil society.

The Security Council’s visit to Somalia is led by Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom and Ambassador Usman Sarki of Nigeria.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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